What is a spirit of gratitude?

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I was recently reading about gratitude in Forbes Magazine, and I was struck by this definition: “Gratitude is the act of feeling and communicating appreciation for the people, circumstances, and material possessions in our lives. It allows us to cherish our present in ways that make us feel in abundance rather than deprived.” (Luis E. Romero; Gratitude: The Ultimate Spiritual Practice (A Thanksgiving Special) November 22, 2017)

Do you practice gratitude every day? Are you thankful for your friends, family, and possessions? Do you show gratitude to God and others?

I must be honest with you right now…I’m worried about this present society. There are four forces that seem to be robbing millions of the spirit of gratitude:

  1. A sense of entitlement. I’m not slamming the X, Y, or Z generations. This sense that the world owes me, God owes me, my parents owe me, or the government owes me is a systemic disease that is cross-cultural and cross-generational.
  2. Hurt has turned into hate and bitterness for many minorities and people groups. The age of offense has taken over our society. Many are no longer grateful for the good in their countries or the blessings of living where they do. Although hurt is real, abuse is real, and injustice is real, hurt requires healing rather than revenge. 
  3. The level of corruption and injustice in our societies has caused tremendous discouragement for hundreds of millions of people. In my opinion, we’re living in an age of disillusionment. 
  4. Godless generations have created self-centered societies that have placed their hopes on humanity rather than on God.

Although these problems are real to us, Jesus also faced similar struggles. In the book of Luke, we read that ten lepers were healed: “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:15-18, NIV) Can you imagine that only one returned to say thank you? Kind of like today, except for, by God’s grace, people like you and me. 

Wrap yourself in a spirit of gratitude as you look around and see all the ways God has blessed you. Then watch the heavens open over your life because you were born for miracles! :-)

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9 Comments

  1. Virginia on 24/11/2021 at 1:23 PM

    Grateful for you Paul Marc and A Miracle Everyday. God you.

  2. Rosa Pena on 24/11/2021 at 4:32 PM

    Amen we always have to be Grateful for everything God our creator has given us

    • Michael Hauschild on 25/11/2021 at 9:07 AM

      Hi Paul,
      Thank you for sharing with us the Spirit of Gratitude. We all need to remember to be thankful and be grateful for all the things we’ve received from our God.
      Greetings from the Philippines.

  3. Rosalia+Preston on 24/11/2021 at 5:18 PM

    Thank you Paul for those words thank you for your ministry may God keep blessing you thank you for the love of Christ in your heart. 🙏🏽🙏🏽

  4. James+A+Garman on 24/11/2021 at 6:32 PM

    I thank God for everything that He has gifted me with. However, lately, I’ve been a bit confused on a few Scriptures, and it’s causing me to have questions. First, in Matthew 18:3, Jesus says, “…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Then, in John 14:13 and John 16:23, Jesus says, “…whatever you ask from the Father in My name, He will give it to you in My name.” I asked God for a legal bull elk to put in the freezer in Jesus’ mighty name, and guess who ended the elk hunting season without one? Me. How am I to interpret this? As a child, the Lord has lied to me, yet as an adult, I want to believe that I missed something.

  5. Melani Gates on 24/11/2021 at 8:08 PM

    Yes.
    Take moments…..
    Isn’t He so good?
    Has He not been marvelously merciful?
    Indeed He has.
    There is no other response but overwhelming gratitude.
    The difficulty is finding and appropriate response to meet the magnitude of His gift.
    Yet all we have is our entire existence to give back.
    So here it is,
    Take my entire heart, my life as tiny as it is in comparison….
    Have it all.

    • Melani Gates on 24/11/2021 at 8:09 PM

      *an

  6. annmariefewsfer@yahoo.co.uk on 25/11/2021 at 12:51 AM

    Praise God for his goodness and thanks be for his grace. Amen

  7. Hortensia Guillen on 25/11/2021 at 9:24 AM

    Thank you Paul for sharing.
    Thank you Lord full of gratitude You are worthy
    Of all our Praises for everything You have done for us, for Your Goodness and faithfulness for always being there for us, Your steadfast Love never fails you never leave us or forsake us, Your Love has no limits. Thank You Lord with a grateful heart full of gratitude Amen!♥️

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